so where do I start?

My beautiful friend has been on at me for a long time to write about my cooking, I certainly post about it enough on instagram but just never wrote about  it- that is until now, I thought let’s just bite the bullet and give it a go, I can talk for hours on end about it so surely I can give it a crack putting fingers to keyboard.  What had held me back was the name- what do I call this thing?

A little over a year ago I set myself a challenge- learn how to make croissants.  I had the recipe from my trusty Gourmet Traveller and would read it from time to time knowing that one day I would make them but not quite having the balls to do it. Eventually late December 2015 I read the recipe for about the 10th time in a row that day and decided that the day had arrived- whether they were a failure or not I was going to need a lot of butter…

I was pretty damned pleased with the end result- they looked like croissants, smelt like croissants and tasted like croissants- and you know what?  It actually wasn’t that complicated- the recipe just looked really daunting but when you broke down the whole recipe it was just a few simple steps.

So I decided from that point I was going to try new things.  I had been enjoying cooking for a long time but didn’t regularly try new things for fear of a complete food flop and when said flop occurred I would quite childishly sulk about it for awhile….stuff it I thought if it goes wrong just try it again until you get it right, but more importantly learn from what you did wrong in the first place (still quite haven’t tackled bloody quince paste but that’s another story). So over the year I dusted off my barely touched pasta machine and have tackled pasta, I’ve given my kitchen aid a bloody good workout for making bread dough’s, pie pastry to name a few- I even purchased a meat grinding attachment and made my own brisket patties for burgers (that was a 2 in one, grind own meat and use brisket for the first time)

Scrolling back through my instagram I’m pretty pleased with what I see which made me decide last night to give this thing a go,  it started with butter and will probably end with butter, I might need to duck down to the shops because we’re probably going to need some more….

4 thoughts on “so where do I start?”

  1. Awesome Isla. A few years ago I made a good friend, he’s in his 50s and has been a professional chef most of his working life. Before I met him, I would rule cooking particular recipes out of my mind – too complicated, too tricky, too chefy. But after hanging with him for a few years, watching him trying things he hadn’t done before, sometimes succeeding, sometimes not getting it quite right, refining or embarking on a marathon 4 day on-and-off prep session for a Sunday brunch, I started being much more adventurous in the kitchen. You definitely just have to go for it and get your hands dirty 🙂

    Awesome you started a blog, will definitely follow – it’s nice to know the things in life that make us happy and to surround and immerse ourselves in them as much as we choose!

    PS. Butter!!!

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    1. Cannot agree more Adam! What’s even better is when you do get it right is enjoying the finished product and being pretty damned proud that it’s something that you made- yes butter can’t get enough of it!


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